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Obama's Commerce Secretary Pick No Environmental Champion

Article: Obama's Commerce Secretary Pick No Environmental Champion

WASHINGTON, DC, February 3, 2009 (ENS) – President Barack Obama today named U.S. Senator Judd Gregg of New Hampshire, a Republican, to fill the slot of Commerce Secretary in his cabinet. If confirmed by the Senate, Gregg will join Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Defense Secretary Robert Gates for a total of three Republicans in…

As Commerce Secretary, Richardson Will Govern Air, Oceans

Article: As Commerce Secretary, Richardson Will Govern Air, Oceans

CHICAGO, Illinois, December 4, 2008 (ENS) – President-elect Barack Obama has tapped New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson to be his Secretary of Commerce, a position with many natural resources responsibilities. Richardson will be in charge of rebuilding the U.S. economy on a basis of clean energy and green jobs – two of the essential pillars…

U.S. Urged to Merge Land and Oceans Agencies into One

Article: U.S. Urged to Merge Land and Oceans Agencies into One

WASHINGTON, DC, July 9, 2008 (ENS) – Today’s federal environmental research, development, and monitoring programs are not structured to handle such major problems as global climate change, declines in freshwater, and loss of biodiversity, warns a group of former senior federal officials who want to form a new agency by merging two existing ones. In…

U.S. Coastal Waters Less Toxic Than 20 Years Ago

Article: U.S. Coastal Waters Less Toxic Than 20 Years Ago

SILVER SPRING, Maryland, May 12, 2008 (ENS) – U.S. environmental laws enacted in the 1970s are reducing overall contaminant levels in coastal waters of the United States, finds a 20 year study released today by scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA. But the study shows continuing elevated levels of toxic metals and…

Portal Opens to Northern California's Three Marine Sanctuaries

Article: Portal Opens to Northern California's Three Marine Sanctuaries

SAN FRANCISCO, California, April 29, 2008 (ENS) – The latest scientific research conducted within three West Coast national marine sanctuaries is now displayed on a new website hosted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA and enriched by nearly 100 contributing partners. The site, sanctuarysimon.org, integrates scientific monitoring data from Gulf of the Farallones,…

NOAA Offers $200,00 to Help Clean Biscayne Bay

Article: NOAA Offers $200,00 to Help Clean Biscayne Bay

MIAMI, Florida, April 15, 2008 (ENS) – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, is investing $200,000 in Florida’s Miami-Dade County to expand the scope of Baynanza, an annual celebration and cleanup of Biscayne Bay that started 26 years ago. The funding is the largest NOAA contribution ever made towards a community marine debris cleanup…

U.S. Scientists Head to Antarctica for Climate Research

Article: U.S. Scientists Head to Antarctica for Climate Research

WASHINGTON, DC, February 21, 2008 (ENS) – More than 30 scientists will embark on a research cruise this month to the Southern Ocean, which surrounds Antarctica. There they will combat cold and wind to study how gases that impact climate change move between the atmosphere and the ocean under high winds and seas. The Southern…

Longline Fishermen Scare Seabirds for Their Own Protection

Article: Longline Fishermen Scare Seabirds for Their Own Protection

WASHINGTON, DC, January 20, 2008 (ENS) – Longline fishing fleets on the high seas of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans will now use special lines that scare seabirds to keep them from taking the bait set out on the long lines as food. Bird-scaring lines, also called tori lines, are streamers that hang from a…